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ART: ‘Night Drivers’ by Michael Fairweather wins 2009 Multicultural Art Competition

October 28, 2009toNovember 22, 2009

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  • The ten finalist artworks will be exhibited at Customs House Library  17 – 30 October 2009 and  Pine Street Creative Arts Centre, from 4 – 22 November 2009.

Michael Fairweather’s ‘Night Drivers’ wins 2009 Multicultural Art Competition  – 28 October 2009

‘Night Drivers’ by Darlington artist Michael Fairweather has won the City of Sydney’s Multicultural Art Competition and the $2000 first prize.

Deputy Lord Mayor Phillip Black announced the winner and presented the prize on Saturday 17 October at the exhibition launch at Customs House.

‘Night Drivers’ is a colourful depiction of Sydney’s culturally diverse taxi industry and was selected from 96 entries from both Australian and international artists.

“This is our second annual Multicultural Art Competition which is part of Sydney’s biggest public arts festival, Art & About,” said Councillor Black.

“This competition showcases the City’s vision of an inclusive community of residents and visitors from all walks of life.”

The 2009 Multicultural Art Competition called on artists to explore what contemporary Australia means to them. From works presenting scenes of diversity in everyday local communities to national icons such as the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Three Sisters, each of this year’s ten finalist artworks drew inspiration from their own experiences of Australian life.

The finalists were selected by a distinguished judging panel of arts industry professionals, community services professionals and representatives from the Inner and Eastern Sydney Migrant Interagency.

“The City’s Multicultural Art Competition provides a fantastic platform for questioning and expanding visual definitions of Australian culture,” said judge Rebecca Conroy, Associate Director of Performance Space.

“This year’s winner has explored an image that is central to ideas of migration, transportation and global cities. Along with the other finalist works, it is a sophisticated reading of contemporary Australian culture and identity.”

Winning artist Michael Fairweather was delighted that his artwork was judged most outstanding.

“Sydney City Council is to be congratulated for initiating this prize. It is a chance for artists to focus on this aspect of our daily lives in Sydney – a focus that may not otherwise be possible. I would like to thank the Lord Mayor and Councillors for their excellent work and for this art prize,” Michael said.

‘Sydney Harbour’ by Richard Paik from Eastwood won the $1000 second prize, whilst Victorian artist Adriano Toniolo’s ‘Irrespective of Perspective’ won $500 for third place.

The ten finalist artworks will be exhibited at Customs House Library from 17 – 30 October 2009 and at Pine Street Creative Arts Centre, a unique arts centre in the heart of Sydney, from 4 – 22 November 2009.

Art & About runs from October 1- 25 and is produced by the City of Sydney.

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